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Police: scammer ‘inspected,’ stole elderly victims’ cash

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TAMPA (FOX 13) -

What would you do if a police detective came to your home and told you that you were under investigation for having counterfeit cash?

That's what Tampa police say a con man is doing to elderly victims. They say they know of one 70 year old, one 86 year old and one 91 year old he has targeted. In one of those cases, he "inspected" and stole $1,300.

He is still out there, and they want to arrest him. They say the suspect they are looking for is 52-year-old Rebrant Dwayne Bryant.

The real police detectives say Bryant told his most recent victim, a 70-year-old woman, that he was investigating her for possessing counterfeit money. She turned over $800 -- and he said the money was fake.

It didn't stop there.

Police say Bryant then told the woman they would need to go to her bank to "inspect" the rest of her money. He drove her to two banks -- and police say by the time they got to the banks, the woman refused to make any withdrawals.

But in a previous case in February, police say Bryant got away with $1,300 from a 91-year-old woman.

They say he has been arrested in ten other states for similar scams, and drug charges.

They think he may have conned more victims here.

If you have seen him, contact Tampa police at 813-231-6130.

And warn your elderly relatives.


Lamatine Mitchell is a sweet 86 year old, but police say to Bryant, she was a target.

"He told me his name was Townsend," she said.

Back in February, Mitchell says he approached her at her house claiming to be a detective, and even showed her a badge. She says he was asking about a supposed fraud case, and wanted to know if she had any money that may have been counterfeit.

Police say it's a scam Bryant has used on multiple occasions.

"The unique thing, he's well spoken. The victims describe him as educated, and he's dressed well in a suit," said Sgt. Pat Kennedy.

Mitchell didn't give him any cash, but she says the encounter still haunts her.

"I was devastated. I cried all night long," she said.

Police say three days after his run in with her, he scored $1,300 from a 91-year-old woman, by running the same game. Then last week, Bryant fooled a 70 year old into giving him nearly $400.

Police say he's done this in Orlando too.

He's apparently an experienced scammer, having been arrested in 11 states for similar crimes and drug charges.

TPD wants to catch him before he goes after anyone else.

"We don't conduct business like that. We dont inspect money and take money," Sgt. Kennedy said. "This is definetly a twisted individual."

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